A Retrospective: Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2

With the 5th instalment of the series released earlier this year, I recently took the time to replay the first two Metal Gear Solid games. The two games were certainly staples of my childhood and I used to play them all the time even before I was even out of primary school. The set pieces, […]

Boomtown Fair 2015: The Boomingest of the Towns

I feel like Boomtown kind of came out of nowhere. I’d heard about it before, but nothing much beyond it being pretty out there. Yet with the current inundation of UK festivals we seem to have these days, it had such a drastically different line-up from anything else I had seen that I was pretty […]

A Retrospective: Signs (2002)

With his new film The Visit out in cinemas this month, I recently took the time to re-watch M.Night Shyamalan’s 2002 alien invasion movie Signs; a personal favourite from my childhood years. The director/writer has come under much derision in recent years. Having avoided many of his most recent efforts, I actually have quite fond […]

Review: The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett

Sorry for such a late review. This one took a lot to process, to really work out what needed to be said about the book before sending it (kicking, screaming, etc.) onto our esteemed website. Somewhat unlike our normal posts, this is going to be separated into two parts; the first will be a general review, […]

Ernest Cline – Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline

It’s a rare thing these days that I don’t enjoy reading a book. Gone are the days when I had two hours of commuting a day and could rip through a novel or two in a week (several weeks if it was by Neal Stephenson). I am now left with whatever time I can find […]

London Fields Brewery Home Brewing Masterclass

A little while ago, me and my partner went off to the London Fields Brewery for a “Brewing Masterclass”. Having had a stab at making some homebrew mead before (and it failing spectacularly), I was very excited to see learn how I could avoid making 20 litres of vinegar again. So at 10:30 we arrive at […]

New Releases: World of Warcraft – Legion

  There we have it. The latest, and 6th expansion for the huge MMO, World of Warcraft (Release date yet to be confirmed, apparently). It’s still early days yet, so we thought we’d give you a run down of what’s currently been officially revealed. I might have been a tad sarcastic at points…   The Plot Continues […]

Editorial: Comic Book Criticism and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Alternatively titled: “Come on guys, we’re kind of missing the point”.  Welcome back to our ARF! editorial, a column in which I get to rant on about anything I fancy (Hmm… – Ed.)! This particular topic has produced rage across the boards, swiftly followed by a swathe of critical editorials begging for us nerds just […]

Backyard Cinema Screen

Backyard Cinema 2015

Last night saw the launch of Backyard Cinema 2015, an outdoor cinema bonanza based in Camden Market. What started three years ago as a way of bringing films to the masses outside traditional cinema venues (and which has been highly successful, if projects like this and Rooftop Cinema are anything to go by), the 2015 […]

Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas. Directed by Peyton Reed Rating = 3/5 After the success of “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Marvel reaches back into its lesser known works and brings out a new hero to […]